cassock (plural cassocks)
- (obsolete) A military cloak or long coat worn by soldiers or horsemen in the 16th and 17th centuries. [16th-17th c.]
- (obsolete) A coarse, loose cloak or gown, worn by women, sailors, shepherds, countryfolk etc. [16th-17th c.]
- An item of clerical clothing: a long, sheath-like, close-fitting, ankle-length robe worn by clergy members of some Christian denominations. [from 17th c.]
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 10, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- It was a joy to snatch some brief respite, and find himself in the rectory drawing–room. Listening here was as pleasant as talking; just to watch was pleasant. The young priests who lived here wore cassocks and birettas; their faces were fine and mild, yet really strong, like the rector's face; and in their intercourse with him and his wife they seemed to be brothers.
items of Christian clerical clothing
item of clerical clothing